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   And, for one more Saturday of our lives... (December 28, 1991)

And, for one more Saturday of our lives, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):

Like there has been no political act in recent times more unseemly than this unholy speed with which Mr. Bhujbal has been made minister. It is a blatant and crude case of exchanging favours - you leave your party and join us and we will make you minister, never mind what the public thinks about it.

And it not only shows up the Congress for what it is, but also the Shiv Sena for harbouring such opportunist politicians as its member. And in that respect at least, the BJP is a clean party - it encourage no defections.

Like there is much sense in what President Venkataraman said yesterday. There is no point in taking drastic measure to cut down government expenditure, such as decreasing the number of telephones in government offices and ministerial tours abroad, if the number of ministers keep being increased.

And I do not understand why the railway minister has to travel around the country in a special train of his own in order to meet passengers along the route and find out their dificulties. If he wants to do that, he should travel in regular trains with the passengers and talk to them.

Like the railway minister should go to Punjab and find out what his railway security staff were doing when terrorists killed all the passengers in the train.

Like, I admit it is difficult to check every passenger entering a train if he is carrying a crude bomb hidden in his luggage, but you can certainly check a group of terrorists, armed to the teeth with machine-guns and other firearms, entering the train.

Like the kind of fuss they are making over Mr. Ajit Singh, you would think that a national leader has been dismissed from a national party.

Like I am not looking forward to the Sunday papers this week, when all of them will be recycling, page after page and month after month, the events of 1991: Gulf War, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the estblishment of the European Community, assassination of Rajiv Ganhdi, the power struggle in the Congress that concluded with the appointment of Narasimyha Rao as prime minister (good man), the 50th anniversary of Perl Harbour, the visit of Mr. Li Peng. There can be nothing easier to fill a paper with and nothing more boring.

Like, I think, our crickets are meant only to play in the Ranji Trophy.

And this final point of view:

That the Bombay winter has come and gone.

 
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